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Willis McGahee
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No. 23     Denver Broncos
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: October 21, 1981 (1981-10-21) (age 38)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida, USA
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami Central High School
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 2004 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2007, 2011)
  • AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
  • PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
  • Consensus All-American (2002)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Attempts 1,790
Rushing yards 7,366
Rushing TDs 59
Receptions 176
Receiving yards 1,098
Receiving TDs 5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Willis Andrew McGahee, III (born October 21, 1981) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

He also played for the Baltimore Ravens.

Early years

McGahee was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Miami Central High School, and played for the Miami Central Rockets high school football team.


McGahee played college football as a runningback for the Miami Hurricanes. He had 2,067 career rushing yards on 349 carries (5.9 avg.) for 31 touchdowns, which ranked 5th on school’s all time records list. He also caught 25 passes caught for 355 yards on a 13.1 average.

Professional career

Buffalo Bills

McGahee was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 23rd pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. McGahee did not play at all in his first season. This was because McGahee was only a rookie, was dealing with injuries, and Travis Henry was already a starter. However, McGahee passed 1,000 yards the next two seasons and scored 13 total times in 2004. In 2006, McGahee's rushing total dropped to 990 yards on 259 carries, plus six touchdowns. He wore #21.

Baltimore Ravens

The Bills traded McGahee to the Baltimore Ravens. McGahee was voted to his only Pro Bowl in 2007 for Baltimore after rushing for 1,207 yards on 294 carries and eight total touchdowns. However, the Ravens missed the playoffs on a 5-11 mark. McGahee was about the only offensive brightspot for the Ravens that year, wearing #23.

In 2008, McGahee struggled with injuries. His statistics dropped to 170 attempts, 671 yards, and 7 scores, including a 77 yard touchdown to help win a game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was carted off the field after colliding (hitting into) Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark in an AFC Championship loss.

Willis McGahee
McGahee at Ravens practice

McGahee's playing time was limited by Ray Rice and Le'Ron McClain in 2009 and 2010.

On July 26, 2011, McGahee (and Kelly Gregg, Derrick Mason, and Todd Heap) were released to help give younger players a chance and save salary cap space.

Denver Broncos

McGahee signed with the Denver Broncos. He rushed for 249 yards, 1,999 yards, and five total touchdowns for Denver.

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